Play It to the Bone (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Play It to the Bone (1999)

Play It to the Bone (1999)

Play It to the Bone

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Flat characters and uninspired comedy yield forgettable results.

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Movie Info

After covering baseball in Bull Durham, basketball in White Men Can't Jump. and golf in Tin Cup, writer, director, and obvious sports fan Ron Shelton takes on the world of boxing in this comedy. Vince Boudreau (Woody Harrelson) and Cesar Sota (Antonio Banderas) are close friends and aspiring boxers struggling on the lowest rungs of the fight game. When a major boxing promoter needs to fill out the card for a heavyweight bout in Las Vegas, Vince and Cesar both get the call to head out to Sin City. But the excitement sours when they realize that there's a small problem: the promoter's schedule has the two pals fighting each other. Play It to the Bone also features Lolita Davidovich, Lucy Liu, Tom Sizemore, and Robert Wagner.more
Rating: R (Brutal Ring Violence; Strong Sexuality Including Nudity, Pervasive Language and Some Drug Content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Runtime:
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Woody Harrelson
as Vince Boudreau
Antonio Banderas
as Cesar Dominguez
Lolita Davidovich
as Grace Pasic
Tom Sizemore
as Joe Domino
Robert Wagner
as Hank Goody
Willie Garson
as Cappie Caplan
Jack Carter
as Dante Solomon
Aida Turturro
as Mad Greek Waitress
Louie Leonardo
as Freddy Green
Slade Barnett
as Vegas Cop
Cameron Milzer
as Vegas Paramedic
Julio Garcia
as Chiquito Rosario
Johnny Ortiz
as Gym Owner
Fred Lewis
as Vegas Lawyer
Maurice Singer
as Vegas Lawyer
Robert Sale
as Robert Velario
Joe Cortez
as Garden Referee
Bruce Buffer
as Garden Ring Announce...
Teddy Atlas
as Cesar's Garden Train...
Dana Lee
as Man With Ferrari
Robby Robinson
as Skeeter Lewis
Mitch Halpern
as Vince's Big Fight Re...
Chuck Hull
as Vince's Big Fight Ri...
Jim Lampley
as HBO Commentator
Al Bernstein
as Sportswriter
Reynaldo Rey
as Sportswriter
Elroy Casados
as Vince's Trainer
Henry G. Sanders
as Cesar's Trainer
Vasil Chuck Bodak
as Cesar's Cutman
Jacob "Stitch" Duran
as Vince's Cutman
Al Benner
as Cesar's Cornerman
Pat Barry
as Vince's Cornerman
Steve Lawrence
as As Himself
George Foreman
as HBO Commentator
Larry Merchant
as HBO Commentator
Mike Tyson
as As Himself
Michael Buffer
as Ring Announcer
Rod Stewart
as As Himself
Bill Caplan
as Dr. Velvil Ginsberg
Marc Ratner
as Boxing Commissioner
Jane Broadfoot
as Timekeeper
Carlos Padilla
as Timekeeper
Debbie Caplan
as Press Assistant
Elizabeth Caplan
as Press Assistant
Denise Pernula
as Ring Card Girl
Veronica Becerra
as Ring Card Girl
Tamara Gilber
as Fantasy Girl
Fulvia Sanchez
as Fantasy Girl
Faye Mangabang
as Fantasy Girl
Ana Divac
as Grace's Party Friend
Tom Todoroff
as Croupier
Cleveland Corder
as Cesar's Boxing Doubl...
Sean Culver
as Vince's Boxing Doubl...
Kevin Costner
as Ringside Fan
James Woods
as Ringside Fan
Drew Carey
as Ringside Fan
Tony Curtis
as Ringside Fan
Wesley Snipes
as Ringside Fan
Jennifer Tilly
as Ringside Fan
Bob Arum
as Ringside Fan
Lovey Arum
as Ringside Fan
Angel Manfredy
as Ringside Fan
Yvette Manfredy
as Ringside Fan
Buddy Greco
as Party Guest
Gennifer Flowers
as Party Guest
Tony Tucker
as Party Guest
Joey Maxim
as Party Guest
Lezlie Anders
as Party Guest
Patricia Ford
as Party Guest
Bo Bolinski
as Party Guest
John Momot
as Party Guest
Bill Dwyre
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Bruce Trampler
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Burt Sugar
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Royce Feour
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Michael Katz
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Randy Harvey
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Michael Rosenthal
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Bernard Fernandez
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Tim Graeham
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Steve Springer
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Rick Reilly
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Jason Levin
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Ron Borges
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Doug Kirkorian
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Timothy Smith
as Ringside Sportswrite...
George Kimball
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Timothy Dahlberg
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Joe Hawk
as Ringside Sportswrite...
Chris Thorne
as Ringside Sportswrite...
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Critic Reviews for Play It to the Bone

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (27)

OK for laughs but less OK for emotional investment with the characters, who feel more like comic constructs than the real-feeling guys.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

This is no Raging Bull.

January 1, 2000
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Its resemblance to Mr. Shelton's other work makes us feel as if we've already seen the film's trailer 20 times.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The hope that Shelton would bring fresh insight to the sweet science is unfulfilled on nearly every level.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Variety
Top Critic

Remember Raging Bull? This is just bull.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Denver Post
Top Critic

Play It to the Bone consists largely of a seemingly endless drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Play It to the Bone

Awful, unfunny comedy and not good drama that just make you lost time and an opportunity of watch a really great film. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

really fun flick to watch if you wanna see something brainless but entertaining

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

I didn't despise it but I didn't give it another thought until I typed this up.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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